Malta Bulletins 2001


Letter Campaign | Arrogant Intervention? | Nature Trust supports EU | Arrests for Import of Bird Skins | Malta Tourist Action | Temple Vandals are Terrorists | Concessions on Environment? | Temples, Birds and Tourists | Lucky Flamingo! | A Sad Story | Ruined Reputation | Italian Pressure | BirdLife Appeal | An Interesting Idea? | Bird-watch | 'Friends of Hunting' Confer | The Traitor | It Wasn't Me! | Trashing Brochures | Don't Boycott Us! | Empire Strikes Back! | Emphasise the Positive | Referendum on Hunting? | Complacency or Ignorance? | Complacency or Ignorance? | Futile Campaign? | Boycotting Malta | No Birds? | Birdtours shoots back | Pariah of Europe | Bird-brained (?) Hunters | Cruel Subculture | Compassion and Humanity | Animal Rights | Pillars of Hercules | Cowardly Behaviour | Illegal Bird Imports | !RAPTOR CAMP! | Sad Ramblers | NOT Forgotten | More Witnesses | Questions!?! | Positive Response | Osprey Hunt | Protest to PM | Sielmann Attack | Hunters Warnings | Tourists scared off? | Bird Imports | Rationing? | Habitat Conservation | Barbaric Behaviour | Press Censorship? | Foreign Advice | Heavy Fine | Hunters' Dictatorship | Lest We Forget | The Global Picture | Tourism hurt | Lino's Birds | Terrorism ... | ... and Patriotism | Turned Off | Christmas comes | Reflections | A Jarring Note | Christmas Goose | Swan Song | Callous Shooting I | Callous Shooting II | Callous Shooting III | Callous Shooting IV | Callous Shooting V | Vote-hunting | What a waste | Well said! | A Regular Toll | Harsh Penalty! | Bailed Out | No Deterrent | Rare(r) Geese | BNW | Malta's Shame | Negative Image | Editorial | Sanctuary | 40 Years BirdLife Malta | Wake Up! | NO! Minister | Danish National Bird | Holy reticence | Damning Evidence I | Damning Evidence II | Barbaric Killing | Where were the ALE?
No Deterrent


Letters to the Times of Malta, 24. January 2002

Insignificant fine

Nicky Bianchi, Lija.

I add my voice to that of many others who condemn the nauseating behaviour of a few fools whose only concern in life is that some other fool may shoot dead a beautiful bird before they can have a go.

I also condemn Minister Francis Zammit Dimech's statement (January 22) that "The fines contemplated were harsh in themselves...". Is he living in the same century as the rest of us? A maximum fine of Lm500 is insignificant when compared to what is spent on entertainment these days.

Perhaps he thinks that the life of a graceful bird is worth a lot less than Lm500. What is a dead swan worth? Dr Refalo tells us that a stuffed swan is worth Lm500 on the open market, a pathetic co-incidence. You may draw your own conclusions as to how much of a deterrent the present maximum fine is. A few months behind bars would be much more appropriate. This is, in fact, the maximum sentence in more enlightened countries.


Eurobirder/Proact-Malta David Conlin 2001